Australia crush Windies to soar into World T20 final
Australia thrashed West Indies in the first semi-final of the Women’s World T20 with a crushing 71-run victory at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
The three-time champions were ruthless in their performance as they reached 142 for five batting first on a slow pitch and then routed the West Indies for just 71 off 17.3 overs.
Put in to bat first on a pitch where run-scoring was a bit tricky, the prolific Alyssa Healy, top-scored with 46 to earn her fourth 'Player of the Match' award in five games so far in the tournament.
She had passed a late fitness test after sustaining a concussion in the field during their last group match against India in Guyana five days earlier.
Healy and captain Meg Lanning produced the best partnership of the innings, putting on 51 for the second wicket.
After Healy fell to leg-spinner Afy Fletcher and Lanning was bowled by Deandra Dottin, Rachael Haynes struck four boundaries to reach an unbeaten 25 off 15 balls to give her side a fighting chance against the Windies.
West Indian hopes of a strong reply were blown away in the early overs of their innings with openers Hayley Matthews and Dottin dismissed cheaply.
Matthews was run out by wicketkeeper Healy while champion seamer Ellyse Perry got the better of Dottin, adding the scalp of Shemaine Campbelle to finish with the outstanding figures of two for two from two overs.
She was not required by her skipper Lanning to return to the attack as the rest of the West Indies batting folded meekly, only captain Stafanie Taylor (16) getting into double-figures as all the bowlers shared in the rout, with seamer Delissa Kimmince and spinner Ashleigh Gardner also taking two wickets each.